Looking at the stars

Having a six year-old child is the peak of my fatherly experience so far. My boy is something else – he was always a big child for his age, but you’d never know he was only six years old if you saw him! The boy has his father’s genes, as he looks about twice his age, but he’s a sweet kid, and a gentle giant among his class. What I love is that he has the same wonder and intrigue with outer space that I’ve always had. All of us love stargazing at night! My husband enjoys our family outings to quiet, remote places far from the neighborhood lights. We can get the best view of the evening sky that can be found near town, and we  love sitting in the back of the truck and watching the celestial bodies overhead. We often find ourselves having to pack it in early due to the intense heat! See, we live in the south – it’s warm in these parts from May to September, realistically, so an excellent A/C system is critical to maintain wonderful indoor air conditions,. Being outside is something that must be done sparingly, and you have to have proper air conditioning ready to go to cool off from the heat, and even at night, the heat here can be pretty unforgiving combined with the natural humidity. My child enjoys to stargaze, although he also enjoys being in an air conditioned space far from the humidity, heat and bugs of the outdoors! I don’t blame him – stargazing is far more wonderful when it’s cool outside, as we can focus on finding constellations and other heavenly bodies. When it’s much colder outside, we can even have a fire going, or use a portable space oil furnace to keep our “observation deck” nice and warm! Plus, if it gets too cold, we can climb into the truck and turn on the heat to warm up! No matter how we endure the occasionally uncomfortable hot and cold temperatures, my child and I still make the time to love our favorite hobby.


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